There are some wonderful contrasts in the exhibitions running in the two Garter Lane venues. The Rosemary Higbee Retrospective celebrates the work of an influential artist now in her eighties who taught art for over forty years and inspired generations of artists and she spent nearly two decades at Waterford Central Technical Institute passing on technique and love to Waterford artists. Her valued contribution is key to the art history of Waterford.
She was influenced by the vivid and the wonderful of Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Bonnard. Some of her work seems a little faded by time but there is an inner brightness that fills the rooms with hope and continuity. Her Valentine Hearts are so topical and full of a love for art, colour and people. Her collage work is simple and of its time but Red Painting is so modern and televisual.